Happy Friday! The sun is finally shining, which is a welcomed change from all of the rain we’ve had this week. And even though my allergies are kicking my ass (they’ve never been this bad – it has to be my lowered immune system due to pregnancy), I’m so ready for the weekend! We’re doing a little baby shopping on Saturday and then hitting up Baltimore for brunch on Sunday with my bestie. She’s due with her second baby in two weeks!
My second trimester has brought with it some interesting “stuff”, but one of the worst has to be my off and on dry skin and random acne here and there. Whoever said glowing and immaculate skin was a perk of pregnancy must have been one lucky bitch. I have yet to experience it. So I was thrilled when Collectively reached out with an opportunity to collaborate with Rodial, a high performance skincare line based out of the UK. Founded by Maria Hatzistefanis in 1999, her line is quite expansive, addressing a wide range of skincare issues. It also has a huge celebrity following and can be found worldwide, to include here in the US!
Rodial is a brand of skincare and make-up that is brand new to me, but that’s most lines of skincare anymore. With my troubled and sensitive skin, I now work exclusively with a holistic skin care provider here in Virginia. I was always buying random stuff at Sephora to try, throwing my money away on products that didn’t work and ending up with a skincare graveyard. However, I’m always game to see what else is out there that I can mix into my current routine and won’t interfere with my day-to-day skincare maintenance. When I opened my box of goodies from Rodial, I was pleasantly surprised. I’m a sucker for pretty packaging, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything more lovely than these elegant coral-pink products! The scent of the products is also divine with hints of rose petals and other floral fragrances. Definitely not overpowering by any means, just light and fragrant enough to make their application extra enjoyable.
I will say I was intrigued by the use of something called Dragon’s Blood in the products which I’d never heard of before. Sounds a little Game of Thrones, right? I mean, if Daenerys lathers herself in Dragon’s Blood to look as beautiful as she does then sign. me. up! After a little research, the ingredient is actually plant-based and comes from the sap of the Croton Lechleri, the Dragon’s Blood tree. The dark red resin is prized for its healing, nourishing, hydrating and anti-inflammatory benefits. It also has well known antibacterial and anti-viral properties which are great for most skin conditions. Dragon’s Blood has been around since ancient times, used for its healing medicinal properties. And while I haven’t seen it being used in many products out there, I believe it’s an ingredient we’ll be seeing pop up more and more as skincare brands catch on to the wide range of skincare conditions that can benefit from the ingredient.
Rodial sent me some great full-sized products to try out. I love when brands send you full-sized products so you can use them over a longer period of time and provide legitimate reviews of what you received. Samples are nice, but I can’t provide an honest review when the product amount only lasts me a day or two. Who knows if something works after two days? A quick overview and my thoughts on what I received:
Dragon’s Blood Velvet Cream
This facial cream is quite rich and thick, offering intense hydration to dry, dehydrated skin. Despite it’s thicker texture, it doesn’t feel greasy at all when applied to the skin or leave your skin feeling like it can’t “breathe”. Rodial says it can be used day or night, even though for me I see it more as a night cream due to its ability to boost moisture retention and restore sensitive skin over time. I’m also a little gun shy of using thicker creams during the day as I tend to become an oil slick just walking out the door in the morning. Key ingredients and benefits according to Rodial include:
- Dragon’s Blood: comforts and restores through skin hydration
- Hyaluronic Acid: boosts moisture retention in the skin
- Vegetal Squalane: helps restore skin suppleness
- Hydromanil ™: provides a time release moisture delivery compler
Using it on my face and neck due to the thickness, even as a night cream, just didn’t work the best for me. I instead started using it all over my body after getting out of the shower. The smell is so beautiful it stayed with me throughout the day, and 24 hours later my skin was still soft and supple with any lingering dryness or scaly spots completely erased. If your face and neck can handle rich creams like this, I would definitely give it a try. Otherwise it makes for a lovely body indulgence!
Dragon’s Blood Cleansing Water
This product is the most lovely smelling of all, with a beautiful rose scent due to the addition of rose water. It’s a great facial cleanser for the face, removing make-up residue and the daily grime. It’s very gentle, doesn’t sting or burn and is great for sensitive skin. Key ingredients and benefits according to Rodial include:
- Rose Water: Soothes and refreshes the skin with decongesting activity whilst reducing swelling and deep cleansing.
- Vitamin B3: Evens skin tone, brightens and illuminates for a more radiant looking skin.
- Dragon’s Blood (from the Croton Lechleri tree): Ensures protection against environmental aggressors.
- Hyaluronic Acid: Provides long lasting hydration, plumping and reducing the appearance of fine lines.
I don’t ever use a cleansing water, relying on my current cleanser and good ol’ fashioned water to do the trick for facial cleaning and make-up removing. However I loved using this prior to cleansing my skin! It wiped away my eye make-up and mascara in no time, leaving behind no streaky residue. It didn’t sting, and I never felt like my super sensitive skin was in danger of any redness or breaking out as has happened in the past with various facial cleansers. And as I mentioned before, it smells divine!
Dragon’s Blood XXL Lip Plumper
So I’ll admit, I haven’t used a lip plumper really ever. I have a super old lip plumping sample that I sometimes will toss on over my lipstick, but the burning feeling created and chemical-like cinnamon taste on my lips just ruins it for me. Plus it makes my lips feel and look “goopy”. Gross. Rodial’s XXL Lip Plumper doesn’t use cinnamon to create its lip plumping effects; it uses chili extract! I know what you’re thinking…seriously? Chili extract? Good God, wouldn’t that be worse than cinnamon? As someone that enjoys everything and anything spicy, I sorta love the feeling it gives your lips! It’s a little warm at first, but instructions are to apply daily as you get used to it and slowly work your way up to whatever frequency you like. Your lips also feel hydrated with a non-sticky lip shine that in no way resembles the goop of lip plumpers past. Key ingredients and benefits according to Rodial include:
- Plumping Complex: smooths lips and gives visibly instant and long term plumping results
- Chilli Extract: provides an instant tingling and plumping sensation
- Dragon’s Blood Extract: comforts and restores lips through hydration
The lip plumper is not a product I will likely use every day. I’m just not that big of a fan of them. And if you can’t stand your lips or any part of you having this warm sensation, you probably won’t enjoy it either. However I did like that my lips were never sticky or over the top shiny. After continued use, I never saw any grand plumping effects to warrant me using this product on the regular.
Rodial Loose Setting/Baking Powder + Brush
Before I begin, I’m going to give major props to the Baking Brush. After trying various brushes out over the years, they must have one key component for me to continue using them – no falling apart and leaving bristles stuck on my face when applying product. This brush is awesome as it stays together throughout an application of the powder, which tells me the product is high quality. This whole idea of “baking”, creating a flawlessly set base without any creasing or caking, is a new concept to me. You basically apply the loose setting powder over your concealer and foundation and allow your skin to “warm” the product, dusting off after 10-15 minutes. You can also use it as a basic setting powder, dusting it over your face lightly to set your make-up.
I like the powder a lot. It has a little bit of a sheen to it, giving your face a little radiance but not making it extra shiny by any means. And it definitely gives a smooth and airbrushed look to your skin. However I don’t have time to bake my face on a daily basis, so I can’t say I really used it with those instructions. If you aren’t familiar with baking, there are tons of Youtube videos you can check out. Maybe I’ll give it a whirl on the weekends to see how it works, but I haven’t had the extra time to do that since receiving the product. I rotate between Laura Mercier and Kat Von D’s setting powder, and I have to say this one is right up there with them in terms of quality and performance when used as a basic setting powder.
Rodial has a US version of their website where 3-5 day shipping is only 8 dollars! I’ve also seen a few of their products being sold at Nordstrom, Ulta and Amazon (even though I’m always a bit skeptical of buying anything skincare related at Amazon). They have other skincare lines as well catering to a variety of skin types and conditions. All in all I have to say I was impressed with Rodial, and it’s something I want to look into further to see what else they offer for both skincare and make-up.
You can shop the products I received from Rodial directly below and a few others that have caught my eye. Have a lovely weekend kids! Enjoy the sunshine!
This is a sponsored post as these products were provided to me for free by Collectively and Rodial in return for my review. Please know all opinions of the products are my honest reviews after testing them on my skin.
Rodial also has a FAQ guide where they discuss the use of their products during pregnancy. Guidelines are to always check with your doctor before use. There were no concerns with me using their products.